In 2006, Jas Prince – son of J. Prince, founder of Rap-A-Lot Records – stumbled upon Drake’s MySpace profile and decided to slip into his DMs to work together. And since Jas Prince was friends with Lil Wayne, he introduced him to Drake’s music. “I was like, ‘Yo I have an artist I work with and I think he’s dope,’ Jas Prince said in an interview with FADER in 2015. But Wayne wasn’t a fan of Drake. in the beginning. “His answer was right, ‘Jas, don’t ever play that for me again. He is bad!’ ‘
Later, however, he heard a different song while traveling with Prince, and after finding out it was Drake, Wayne decided to give him a surprise phone call. “I gave Wayne the phone and Wayne said, ‘Yo, what’s up?’ Drake was like, ‘Who is this?’ And Wayne said, “It’s Weezy,” “recalls Jas Prince.
The two agreed to meet in Houston the next day, which ultimately led to Drake signing with Wayne’s label Young Money Entertainment. “He was being courted by other people at the time, too,” Jas remembered. “But I told him, ‘I’m going to make you famous, I believe in you and I’m going to give it my all. I’ll do it, I have a plan. “And the rest, as they say, is history.